Featured Municipal Bond Issue, Week of February 26, 2018: State of Wisconsin Capital Improvements – General Obligation Bonds – $287 Million

The State of Wisconsin is issuing $287 million in general obligation bonds the week of February 26, 2018. The bonds are being issued as a single series, Series A, and are direct and general obligations of the State. The Wisconsin Constitution pledges the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the State to make principal and interest payments. Interest on the bonds is excluded from gross income for federal income tax purposes.

Bond proceeds will be placed into the State’s Capital Improvement Fund for various purposes. The State provides good transparency through an itemized list in its ‘General Obligation Issuance Status Report’, including spending for this issuance. This report is attached to the preliminary official statement as Appendix B. According to this report, Series A bond proceed spending will include, but are not limited to:

Details on the purposes, tax-status, security, as well as other matters pertaining to these Wisconsin capital improvement general obligation bonds can be found in the preliminary official statement, are available on MSRB’s EMMA website.

As of December 2017, the State of Wisconsin has an unemployment rate of 2.7%, which is 1.4% lower than the national rate for December, and 1.0% lower than at the same time in 2016. MuniNet provides this data and more, easily accessible, for all 50 states and each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country, in our Employment Database.

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quick snapshot of financial characteristics of the State of Wisconsin as of 06/30/2016, compared with the 2015-2016 medians for other U.S. States, courtesy of Merritt Research Services, LLC. Merritt has many of the sector medians publicly available and regularly updated on their Benchmark Central page. (Merritt believes the data to be reliable but does not make any representations as to its accuracy or completeness)In addition to the Merritt information related to the featured bond, more information can be found on our municipal bond calendar, city, state, and county pages, and our employment database.

These facts and numbers are for informational purposes, and should not be considered an official disclosure for potential investors. Investors should consult the official statement. None of the information provided should be construed as a recommendation by MuniNet Guide, MuniNet LLC, Merritt Research Services LLC, or any of their employees. Information and analysis is for informational purposes only.

by Jeffrey L Garceau